Custody of children is a common concern during divorce and separation. Arizona courts attempt to assist parents in coming to peaceful resolution of custody concerns, through free mediation provided by the Court of Conciliation. If you are considering separation or divorce, and are concerned about the effect that decision will have on your children, you can ask the superior court to schedule a mediation session for you and your spouse. If you are unable to workout a parenting/custody plan with your spouse, you may want to consider obtaining legal assistance. Lawyers with Cardinal Law will keep the best interests of your children at the forefront of custody litigation, through multidisciplinary study of childhood development and the effects of divorce on children, reliance on qualified experts in the area of custody and visitation, and with determined and disciplined advocacy in the courtroom.